International Film Festival (giff.se), is probably the most prestigious
film festival in Sweden. It attracts a lot of folks working in
film in Sweden and it's a meeting place for Swedish film
producers. At the same time, it's a festival that brings a
stunning amount of films from around the world, and work by
directors that is innovative.
One such director I had the
privilege of meeting and that will be interviewed in a future
program, Jia Zhang Ke was on hand to show his film The
, about a theme park in Beijing with replicas of the
landmarks of the world, and a bird's eye view of young people
who work to keep it up and running.
Another director that has
paid dues to smaller productions that fair well at the box
office iss Alexander Payne, director of Sideways
reported that he would much rather be in Sweden than out
marketing his film for the Oscars. It was good he rested up, so
that he could pick up his award for best adapted screenplay
after a trip to the land of the Midnight Sun.
Gothenburg festival director Jannike Ahlund wrote a stunning critique of Sweden's
contribution to the best foreign language film at this year's Oscars,
As in Heaven
. She wondered how director Kay Pollack could have
had the main character turn his back to a woman in the choir who had
been the victim of spousal abuse. At the same time there was quite an
explosive debate at the festival about the lack of films made by women
in Sweden - criticism that succeeded in bringing the Swedish Film
Institute to the defense of its archaic system of advisors who choose
the films that will receive the most money. In Sweden nearly 40% of any
state or educational program must be represented by women. Thank the
Gothenburg festival for bringing this debate up close and personal.
Later in the show is an interview with Jannike Ahlund, a
respected film critic in Sweden who has served on the director's
fortnight jury at Cannes and has led the festival for the past two
years. As all events such a rich program depends on sponsoring, and the
city of Gothenburg, a metropolis with strong working class routes showed films
at Folkets Hus, the Town Hall next to the worker's book shop
and the worker's union. A portrait of Ingmar Bergman was the 2005 festival
icon, which Jannike will tell about in her interview.
For Movie Magazine this is Moira Sullivan, Gothenburg Sweden.
2005 - Moira Sullivan - Air Date: 2/2005
The Gothenburg International Film